StreetVet was born in 2016, inspired by the incredible bond between a homeless man and his dog. Victims of the UK homelessness epidemic often have scant support, except for, in a growing number of cases, the companionship of their pets.
Some have had their pets since before losing their homes. Others had the responsibility of pet ownership thrust upon them. Irrespective, the bond between many homeless people and their dogs is profound, such that their pets’ wellbeing is a life-shaping priority. Now our ever increasing number of volunteers can help, by providing accessible fundamental vet care.
StreetVet vets and nurses, working with outreach organisations, are out in multiple communities weekly. Since inception we have helped care for over 100’s street dogs (some cats and rabbit!). We have vaccinated and microchipped; treated for fleas and protected against lungworm; prescribed pain relief and helped fight infections; performed surgeries; and sometimes just sat and listened.
This lady is one of the kindest lady’s I’ve ever met. I’m a homeless man that has been living in my car with my beloved dog as I couldn’t bear to give her up. I came across Jade through a homeless shelter and she has helped me more than words can describe. I have my dog and have found a charity that will house me and Huni, all thanks to Jade. Please, please share what she does as we need to help her cause with funding that will help others like me and Huni. Whether it means sharing on Facebook, or calling your local radio station, let’s try and give something back as this kindness has to carry on. It’s saving lives. Thank you Jade you’re an inspiration.
Dean Lester Coleman
Emmaus Hertfordshire, a homeless charity that houses 35 former homeless people, commends the work, time and compassion that Jade has shown to 3 of our companions (residents) and their pets – which include 2 dogs, 1 snake and a scorpion!! Nothing seems to faze this woman!! There is little help if any for the homeless who have pets and what Jade and Street Vet are doing is an amazing job, giving up their time and expertise to care for these animals and giving reassurance to their owners that their pets will be taken care of and at no cost to them. Street Vets a wonderful organisation that Emmaus Hertfordshire are happy to help and support in any way possible.
DENS can’t sing the praises of everyone at Streetvet enough! The team came to us in 2017 with a proposal of working with clients dog’s, which was a godsend to people who are homeless and have very little money to survive on. Once a person finds themselves homeless it is a daily struggle to get out, with a dog it becomes even more difficult. But for many of the people we work with, their dogs may be their only consistent companion. Many of these clients will prioritise feeding their dog before they feed themselves and try to provide everything they can to keep their dog safe and warm. Although they manage to feed and provide basic essentials expensive veterinary bills are unaffordable for people living on the streets or in hostels. When Streetvet agreed to treat our clients dogs for free, we couldn’t believe their generosity and it instantly gave our clients the knowledge their dogs were in safe hands.
When one of our clients dog (Bo) became ill Streetvet stepped in and offered emergency treatment. They were thorough but also incredibly kind and considerate, ensuring that the hostel and dog’s owner was kept informed on her progress. Without the help, advice and treatment from StreetVet Bo would not have survived.
The Elms & DENS Move On Manager
My name is Warren and I have a dog called Honey. I met Jade/Streetvet through a homelessness hostel, from day one it was a smooth process I was kept informed the whole time and it was also very quick. There was a initial check up which went great. My worries where met with a professional view and Honey was given some free food and toys which she loved. I could not afford treatment myself and without the kind help of Jade and StreetVet this would of not happend. Honey was kept calm and made to feel comfortable from the moment she arrived at the centre and she was walking normally just a couple of hours after having the lump removed. They also clipped her nails, cleaned her teeth and emptied her anal glands. I could not have asked for more. I got aftercare in the form of antibiotics and pain relief and Jade is going to provide follow up care to take the stitches out. I really do rate what she is doing and how well it’s done and could not of done it without StreetVet and the veterinary centre and also the support and guidance from Jade and the staff has given me. I thank her from my heart and so does Honey for giving her a new lease of life. Thank you to all the people that were involved and care for the sake of caring.
“We first met Rob (name changed for confidentiality reasons) at the beginning of September. After renting a flat locally for the last few years he had been asked to leave. At this point he had also been told that his dog would have to be put down so was in a very emotional state.
We were able to arrange StreetVet to come out and meet Rob and his dog at our Support Centre. Jade was extremely professional and compassionate; being able to meet the medical needs of the dog but also work with Rob to look at other accommodation options.
Thankfully, Rob found accommodation for both him and his dog and the dog no longer needed to be put down. We can’t thank StreetVet’s swift intervention enough and would highly recommend them. It’s great to work in partnership with such passionate people.”
Rough Sleeping Prevention Service Manager New Hope